Going Nowhere Fast: Virtual Reality Walking Shoes

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Virtual reality may seem dead, but apparently it's only sleeping, because some researchers are busy creating a mechanical wardrobe for their virtual adventures. What shoes to wear when you go onto the holodeck? Reminding us of those convertible roller-skate shoes kids wear, these kicks have wheels on board, but these are computer controlled. A microcosm of everyday life, every time you take a step forward, this mechanism rolls you back whence you came.

Add to that a goofy head-mounted display, and you're completely tricked into thinking you're walking around while you're really just standing still. But it looks like this test subject was not exactly standing in one place in this cumbersome getup, nearly taking out a tripod or two in this demo. Perhaps this needs a bit more development before it's ready for prime time.

Virtual Reality Walking Shoes [Fresh Creation]